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Cerinthe HELP!!!!! please!

Posted by arielletea 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 18, 12 at 21:26

This is my first year growing Cerinthe (blue shrimp plant) I am growing the strain "Pride of Gibralter" from seed and it's pretty much run it's course, I got thousands of beautiful blooms and would love to grow them again next year- but I havent found a single seed yet and they are pretty much done now...! I see tons of little tiny black dots on the plant I can wipe away, but the seeds are about the size of an infants nail and I would notice them. I look everyday but have never seen a seed, do I need to cut the flower to get it to produce seed? I am growing 3 in different pots and would love to gather as many seeds as possible to trade/sell. I know they tend to reseed, however mine wont because they are in pots on my concrete patio...

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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RE: Cerinthe HELP!!!!! please!

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 19, 12 at 0:08

The seeds don't just drop when ripe, they are dispersed by the opening pod - flung...sometimes quite a ways. You haven't found any sweeping your patio, black and sized of BBs?

You might try bagging (squares of nylon stocking and a twist tie) some of the flower heads. My own are not ripe yet but this is a cool Z8 and we haven't had much in the way of summer ripening weather here on the coast..

Here is a link that might be useful: GardenWorlds ripe pod photos (borrowed)

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